the use of committees in Congress promote or undermine the principles of
representation, majority rule, and limited government? How do the
rights found in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights reflect the
influence of natural rights philosophy and classical republicanism?
What was the Great Compromise and why was it such a contentious issue at
the Philadelphia Convention?
These are but a few of the questions high school students from across the state will answer during the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution state competition to be held Jan. 24 at the Ohio Statehouse.
Six schools will participate
in the 2014 state competition: Archbold High School (Fulton County),
Bishop Hartley High School (Franklin County), Findlay High School
(Hancock County), Northmont High School (Montgomery County), Van Wert
High School (Van Wert County) and West Carrollton High School
(Montgomery County). The winning school will represent Ohio in the We
the People National Finals to be held April 26-28 at George Mason
University, outside Washington, DC.
“We the People
enhances students' understanding of the institutions of American
constitutional democracy and helps them to identify the contemporary
relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” said Lisa Eschleman,
executive director of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education. “The
state competition is a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate
their critical thinking, problem-solving and cooperative learning
skills necessary to become active, responsible citizens.”
We the People, a
program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, gives students a
unique opportunity to participate in simulated congressional hearings.
Students showcase their knowledge and understanding of constitutional
principles and to evaluate, present and defend positions on relevant
historical and contemporary issues. After providing a prepared answer to
the competition questions, students undergo questioning by panels of
judges, including college professors, judges, attorneys, state
legislators and other community leaders, who probe their full
comprehension of the topic.